Original Joe's Westlake

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$30 and under
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Italian
After a two-year closure, Original Joe's, San Francisco’s quintessential Italian-American dining destination, revitalized iconic Daly City institution Joe’s of Westlake, and reintroduced it into the community as Original Joe’s Westlake. An anchor of Daly City from 1956 to 2014, Original Joe’s Westlake underwent an extensive two-year renovation, complete with a front-to-back interior remodel, including the kitchen and all dining spaces, and an exterior and landscaping overhaul. Following the Original Joe’s tradition, Westlake continues to prepare unpretentious, old-school Italian-American fare in an open kitchen for all to see. The menu is carefully crafted to reflect a past-meets-present hybrid of what Joe’s of Westlake used to be and what Original Joe’s Westlake is today.
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V
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, as usual. This visit the wait service wasn’t usual par.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. The only downside is the stench outside, kind of almost ruins one's appetite.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was 7 of us.Waiter did not rush us. Always great food!

m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I come here often for either breakfast or after-work drinks and appetizers. Love the ambiance, vibe, and service. Wish they had a Happy Hour, but the food is consistently good.

F
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My crab omelet was delicious! Also the jelly doughnuts were Fab. They were straight from being cooked..still warm! Yummy!!

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had lunch with my beautiful daughters!! Tuna Melt delicious & 2 orders Dungeness 🦀 Louie!! My favorite!! Big portions!! Had leftovers for dinner!!! Had to go back the next day to get another order!! 😂 Just a craving!! Expensive but soooo worth it!! 😬

OT
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellently prepared and flavors are full.
Service is personable with a well appreciated thank you before you leave.
A favorite place for a pleasant experience in dining.

CP
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe’s always delivers the goods. There’s never a visit that is subpar. From start to finish the food and drink is excellent. Clam chowder-perfect. Joe’s meatballs-sublime. Hamburger sandwich-huge. Joe’s Sundae-no room left but still I persisted. Butter cake-can’t miss!
Male a reservation through open table and you’ll save time waiting for a table as they are never slow!

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Small portions, which is unusual there. Waiter kept trying to rush us out

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and a good atmosphere. Fun place to eat!

The only thing that caught me off guard was that the waitress didn’t give us change back and assumed that the leftover was her tip. She got a nice 25%..

KG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to visit and enjoy a good meal

MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner very much. Will be returning.

NP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mom’s 75th birthday was an important celebration and she loved how our waiter Robert was doting on her. The food was yummy and enjoyable to share. Excellent night that will stay memorable for a while.

PW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat at this restaurant often. Been going there for years.

PD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to meet a friend who lives in a San Mateo as I live in San Rafael. Always a friendly atmosphere and the crab cake burger is wonderful.

AH
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met friends for brunch. Reservations are a must most times of day as this place is very popular. Service is excellent - they know their stuff. Entire staff pitches in and waitress checked in consistently. Big menu with lots of good options. Food is consistently good and abundant. Fresh ingredients and well made. Prices seem a tad higher than what I’d expect for brunch but we like going. Dinner menu is old school Italian done right. Best in town and that’s saying a lot because there’s a lot of options near us for Italian.

NP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great! I asked to sit in the dining hall for more conversation to be heard and it was no problem. I had the probe rib, a bit too fatty for me but it was made to order and the wine selections were fantastic. The service was right on time; at no time did I have to look for my waiter - she just came as soon as she was needed. Loved it

AK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little noisy, but love the ambiance and variety.

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived extremely early for our reservation. Gabby greeted us with a warm smile and got us a table in no time. Oscar our server was kind attentive and friendly. Great time!

NA
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ate many times here before and never had a bad meal. This time someone screwed up in the kitchen - the veal scaloppini sec was swimming in a substance closer to soup rather than sauce. It was absolutely liquid and the veal was on the tough side. My friend who ordered the scaloppini in a tomato sauce had the same problem, it was totally watery. Perhaps someone in the kitchen needs to brush up on how to thicken sauces. Everything else was good as usual.

AH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Tonight was spectacular, The pasta and veal were just off the charts. Robert our server was just outstanding, the drinks were great the service was great and the food is even better. It’s expensive but totally, and truly worth it

SF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always order a Caesar salad but 1st time for lunch and changed it up and we had the chicken Caesar.
How much can one say about a salad? Let me try: crisp Romain lettuce in perfect bite sized pieces. Served at the perfect temperature. Croutons were crispy and tasty. Chicken could have been less dry and maybe a wee mor fresh Parmesan. Right amount of dressing and two nice anchovies.
Sound good? Was good.
Of served with best sourdough bread and butter.
I’d eat this again though there are several salads on the menu that tempted.

D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and always do! I was meeting great friends for lunch...we were able to relax, catch up and have a great meal! Service, food and atmosphere were great! Thank you!

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not all Original Joe’s are the same. Original Joe’s of Westlake is the best of all Original Joe’s. You’ll never be disappointed with the quality of the food here and their wait staff are very attentive.

JF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at our table was excellent. Very attentive staff. We had a very enjoyable lunch there.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there on time, and still had to wait 15 minutes before we were seated, otherwise everything else was fine

AD
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food and service was great. The hostess not so great. Not very friendly. We had reservation at still had to wait 15minutes to be seated. Whats the point of a reservation for a certain time if we still have to wait. And the hostess was soo stressed given that it was busy, if u can stand the heat get out kitchen. But anyways food was great the server was awesome.

LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful lunch at Original Joe’s Westlake. Everything was great - the food, the service, and of course, the old world ambience. It never disappoints!

NH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original Joe's of Westlake is always is always great. Our go to place every time!

J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very crowded, so noise level was high. Food was its usual outstanding quality. Ribs are pricy, but well worth it, and the portion was huge!

C
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time! Best spaghetti in town. I made an online reservation not many options available. We went early to see if they could seat us earlier and less than 5min and we had a table. Great service and cool environment also great music. Bit pricey but worth it unfortunate cause I’d want to go everyday.

AW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Underwhelming experience with food. Had to go find waitress. Food not very good, except the hamburger. Not a good value for the money. The booths have tables that are too high for average people.

RO
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make the best salmon dish we have tasted yet.

LR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always count on Joe’s for a great meal; their food is always consistent. Their staff is well trained and courteous.

PH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie our waitress was fabulous as well as the food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Original Joe’s. Service was excellent. We made a reservation and was seated when we got there. Food was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly. Will definitely come back for fancy occasions.

AN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Original Joes. I took my family for a early dinner. Everything was amazing and our waitress was great! We are definitely going back!!

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible, after giving our order immediately to the server it took way over 40 minutes and our food never came out. To the point where we paid for the coffee and left. It wasn’t even full for that.

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is delicious, service was excellent until the end of our meal. Ordered desert and it took forever to be served.

SD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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